The rich should pay "their fair share."
"We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that's crazy."
It's time we stopped it. What we're trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We want to see that everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets a free ride."
The rich shouldn't be able to take advantage of the tax system:
"Our reasons? It's good for society when we all know that no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they're rich and powerful."
The rich ought to pay more:
"The President. Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver or less?
The community organizer says "It takes a village:"
"There's an old American tradition called house-raising, the pioneers out West would get together and build each other's houses. That was a long time ago, but it's still going on. Every time someone helps a lonely old man or woman in a shelter for the poor, that's a house-raising. Every time someone volunteers their time or money to raise funds for the local library, that's a house-raising. Every time a community gets together and says something like, "We're going to turn Northside High into one of the greatest schools in Georgia," that's house-raising."
"...I wish you a nation where the house-raising continues. And somehow, looking out at all of you, I suspect we have nothing to worry about. I have this feeling the helping and house-raising will continue."
Reversing the inequality trend:
"For over a decade, working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar and the pay of a fortunate few explodes. For even longer than that, inequality has steadily risen; the journey of upward mobility has become harder. And in too many communities across this country, the shadow of poverty continues to cast a pall over our fellow citizens.
Reversing that trend needs to be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine. That’s why, over the past month, I’ve traveled all across America, laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class. A good job that pays a good wage. A good education. A home of your own. Health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they’re willing to work for it."
The first quoted text was from President Ronald Reagan's commencement speech to a high school in Georgia. That's the one where he goes after the wealthy for not paying their "fair share."
Will we hear the screaming nuts on the right yell COMMIE!? That's their default slander each time our current president (or a liberal) points out the massive inequality Americans suffer under the present tax system. That's what they shout when any liberal suggests the rich are not paying their "fair share."
Reagan would be labeled a "Commie" today if he were alive and had given that same speech, especially if the idiot Jim Hoft blogged about it.
The second text quoted was from President Obama's Labor Day speech in which he talked about opportunities that would help the middle class and the poor, AS LONG AS THEY ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR THEM.
The Stupidest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft, reacting to President Obama's Labor Day speech:
“How a President of a free nation can seemingly promise a job with good pay, healthcare, a home and retirement while keeping a straight face knowing that it is not within his power to provide such things, is beyond me.
In order for the President to come through on that Christmas list of goodies he would have to fundamentally transform the nation into Communism so that everything would be owned by the Government and therefore distributed 'equally' to every citizen."
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit is very popular on the right. And one can see why. He's an idiot who is wrong so often that he's been given the title "The Stupidist/Dumbest Man on the Internet." It doesn't take a genius to see how incompetently he interpreted President Obama's Labor Day remarks. He obviously didn't read them carefully; he only saw that President Obama expressed those ideas, so he knee-jerkedly screamed COMMUNIST!
That's where the GOP is today. Anything the president [or a liberal] says is shouted down by their default angry epithet, COMMIE!
They have no ideas, they have no reading comprehension, they have only one reaction to anything President Obama says.
"According to the right, The American Dream is a promise of communism for all when it is spoken of by Obama. President Obama wasn’t saying that he was going to give anyone anything. He was speaking about building a stronger economy that will allow more Americans to become a part of the middle class. I guess economic opportunity earned through hard work is also a form of communism." --Jason Easley, Politicus USA